Workshop 2017: Professionalization in Cyberinfrastructure

Workshop: Professionalization in Cyberinfrastructure

Date: January 23-24, 2017

Location: University of California, Santa Barbara

The goal of this National Science Foundation “Research Coordination Network” meeting involves bringing together cyberinfrastructure experts (HPC, software, data, infrastructure) and organizational experts to discuss professionalization and career paths for the emerging cyberinfrastructure workforce that is increasingly important to science.

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Details: Cyberinfrastructure includes networks, computing, software, data, and human resources of increasing importance to scientific research, and vital to next-generation research. Skills with job titles like “cyberinfrastructure engineer,” “research software engineer,” and “data application specialist” associated with cyberinfrastructure are increasingly important to the academy and to industry. Professionalization of these is critical, but challenges remain. This workshop assesses professionalization of cyberinfrastructure skills through application of findings from research on professionalization and professions.

The professions include accounting, architecture, engineering, law, medicine and other fields that enjoy social esteem, expect excellence from their members, and are largely self-governing. “Professionalization” refers to the process of building legitimacy, excellence, and self-governance in an emerging occupation category, usually through education tracks with well-established curricula, formal qualifications, criteria for membership, and governing bodies to encourage excellence and guide behavior. Professions are communities of well-vetted, trusted specialists.  Cyberinfrastructure-related occupations can benefit from professionalization by gaining legitimacy, establishing standards of excellence, and providing career paths.  The workshop addresses and explores professionalization with organizational experts who specialize in workforce issues facing technical occupations.



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Supported by NSF RCN Award #1148996 (“RCN for Managing Collaborative Centers”).